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The NMUSAFs preserved C.200 in the markings of 372 Sq., Regia Aeronautica

Italy’s Macchi C.200 Saetta Fighter Plane

The Macchi C.200 (MC.200) “Saetta” (Arrow in English), was an Italian fighter plane used during the Second World War. Developed and produced by Aeronautica Macchi, the plane first flew on December 24 of 1937. This plane would see action over Greece, North Africa, Yugoslavia, France, and the Soviet Union; the MC.200 flew more sorties than any other Italian aircraft.

Fighter plane: Macchi C.200 (MC.200) “Saetta”
Main Armament: 2× 12.7 mm (.5 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns,
some planes modified for
8× 15 kg (33 lb) or 2× 50, 100, or 150 kg bombs under the wings
Weight: 1,964 kg
Speed:  504 km/h (313 mph) at 4,500 m (14,765 ft)
Crew:  1
First Flight: 1937

Works Cited

  1. “Macchi C.200.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 21 July 2016. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_C.200>
  2. “Macchi C.200 Saetta – Arrow.” Asisbiz. N.p., 29 Sept. 2012. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <http://www.asisbiz.com/il2/MC-200/Macchi-MC200-Saetta.html>

In Pictures: The Italian Fiat-Ansaldo (Carro Armato) M13/40 Medium Tank

Italy’s Fiat-Ansaldo (Carro Armato) M13/40 medium tank was the main tank used by the Italians during the Second World War.

The Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 Howitzer

This article is on the Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War. I wanted to write this when I noted a number of pictures of this piece that were misidentified; and no details. After finding some good Italians sources I can now write something. Often described online as an Italian self propelled gun; nothing could be farther from the truth. This is the antiquated Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

The Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

Often described online as an Italian self propelled gun; nothing could be farther from the truth. This is the antiquated Italian Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer circa the First World War.

As can be seen from the photos below, the howitzer could be set in a fixed position or in the wheeled version which was a portion of the De Stefano (D.S.) carriage which compensated for it’s recoil from the use of inclined ramps. The tracks pictured on the wheels are likely for transport only when it isn’t on it’s rail assembly; they are pedrail wheels. Designed in 1908 and built between 1914 and 1917, a total of 44 were built by Armstrong-Pozzuoli and Vickers-Terni. This howitzer was 305 mm.

The Obice da 305/17 G. Mod. 1917 howitzer required a team of individuals and equipment to disassemble and move it; the below pictures illustrate the gun along with it disassembled for transport by tractors.

Works Cited:

1. “305/17.” Wikipedia: L’enciclopedia libera. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 14 Jun 2013. Web. 11 Nov 2013. <http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/305/17>.

In Pictures: The Italian Fiat-Ansaldo (Carro Armato) M11/39 Medium Tank

The Fiat-Ansaldo M11/39 was an Italian medium tank from the Second World War. The Fiat-Ansaldo M11/39, or  Carro Armato M11/39 as it was officially named, was armed with a 37 mm Vickers-Terni L/40 main gun along with 2 Breda 38 machine guns (8 mm). The vehicle weighed 11,175 kg (24,640 lb) and armour up to 30 mm.

Works Cited:

1. “Fiat M11/39.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 Sep 2013. Web. 14 Oct 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_M11/39>.

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